Buying an education reform movement in Minnesota
Ever since the first charter schools were opened in Minnesota in the early 1990s corporate education activists have worked in many different ways to remove regulation from them and to fund an entire ecosystem built up around creating, advocating for, helping, and protecting charter schools. As you can see from the chart above, this movement has picked up significant new funding since 2008. The range of institutions funded can appear to be mind boggling, and local non-profit media has taken part in this fiscal deluge and has essentially become part of an allliance to undo public education, particularly in the Twin Cities metro area.
The purpose of this website is to shed light on the funding of this ecosystem, and provide editorial content based on that funding, including profiles on funders, recipients and people, and provide links to stories on this ecosystem around the web. We will also provide original editorial content analyzing the structure, methods and ideologies of those entities.
THIS WEBSITE has a lot of data, most of it entered by one person. There are over 5,200 grants and more than 600 recipients. There are 30 funders. Given that quantity of data, and the analysis that goes with it, there will probably be errors. If you find one, please contact us for correction.
|Rob Levine bibliography|
|Performing feats of legerdemain
There's a big difference between a teacher's rating on a flawed and invalid evaluation system and her "performance." Just don't try and tell that to local media.
|High performing Charter Schools: Beating the odds, or beating the test?|
|School Reformers' Choir: Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates All Sing From Same Hymnal|
|The ConnCan con: MinnCon next?|
|Inside MinnCAN: Political intent, dissembling, and big payments to 50CAN|
|Nine-part series on School Choice & Authoritarianism|
|Charter schools crash and burn in Minnesota|
|Disseminating propaganda: The National Council on Teacher Quality|
|Propagating a dishonest narrative|
|A lesson in Plutocracy|
|The anti-democratic politics of Minnesota's largest philanthropies|
|Schools failing? Yes, if steady improvement equals failure|
|Creating little authoritarians|
|Bullshit and bellow: Deformers aim to destroy traditional schools of education|
|Let's show our schools some love|
Read about how grants are selected for inclusion in the database.